Why Saying No is Better Than Thumbs

I've been looking for something to give up for Lent. Kristy is giving up some very surgical stuff this Lent and it reminded me, I've been trying to come up with something good. Let me say something, first, about why I think it's important to give something up for Lent. There is a dearth of opportunities in our culture to [...]

Half the Battle (Or. Absolutely Worthless Writing Advice)

There used to be (and maybe there still is) a very famous quote that says: "Knowing is half the battle." This was my favorite quote for years. It was a good reminder to be aware and self-aware. It was also a reminder that there is another half to the battle, even after you realize you're already neck-deep. When I first [...]

My First Day as a Professional Writer

In RWA (Romance Writers of America), there are two professional designations that members can attain to align with other members in their similar situation. It creates networks that can better support authors in certain pieces of their careers. The first designation is called "PRO". It consists of anyone who has completed and/or submitted a manuscript, full-length. I was a PRO [...]

Revelatory Caramel Cake

I read an article in Food & Wine Magazine that raved about this cake, so I wanted to make it myself, just to see if it was really that good. Several of the comments on the recipe had to do with the instructions for the frosting being off and the recipe on the website not being properly tested, etc. So [...]

Spring (Cleaning) Is Coming!

There, I said it. SPRING! Spring is coming. Those of you who are fans of Game of Thrones know the ominous way in which House Stark always says "Winter is Coming" as though it were the worst news in the world. Well, when I say Spring is Coming, I mean it in the best possible way. After months of gloomy [...]